We know that grades, test scores, and academics come up frequently when discussing scholarship opportunities. However, colleges are vibrant communities of students with many talents, including artistic and creative talents. This post will highlight a number of top colleges and universities that award outstanding artists, writers, and musicians with scholarships.
Notes on this list: Many of these schools have strong need-based financial aid programs as well, although this list solely focuses on merit-based financial aid programs. As for the order of this, the schools are arranged alphabetically.
Denison University (Granville, OH)
- Denison offers scholarships to students with a talent for music, visual arts, performing arts, and creative writing.
- Denison Scholarships Link: https://denison.edu/campus/finances/types-of-scholarships-aid
Drew University (Madison, NY)
- The Drew Scholarship for the Arts is worth $2,500 per year over four years ($10,000 total).
- The Drew Scholarship for the Arts is offered in music, theater, and visual arts.
- Scholarship Link: http://www.drew.edu/financial-aid/financial-aid-scholarships/drew-scholarship-for-the-arts/
Elon University (Elon, NC)
- Elon offers performing arts scholarships for students with talents in acting, music theater, theatrical design, and theatrical production ranging from $500 to $6,000 per year
- Elon also offers scholarships to musicians that range from $500 to $5,000 per year
- Elon Scholarships Link: https://www.elon.edu/e/admissions/undergraduate/financial-aid/talent-based-scholarships.html
Kenyon College (Gambier, OH)
- Kenyon offers artistic scholarships worth $15,000 in the areas of:
Lawrence University (Appleton, WI)
- Lawrence University offers scholarships of up to half tuition to musicians
- Lawrence University Scholarship Link: https://www.lawrence.edu/admissions/afford/scholarships/music_scholarships
University of Rochester (Rochester, NY)
- Rochester offers a music scholarship to students who have “demonstrated musical excellence and commitment through participation in a regional youth orchestra.”
- Rochester also offers the Prince Street Scholarship for students “who possess an outstanding creative capacity in one or more artistic fields.”
- You can find out more about U of Rochester’s creative scholarships here: https://enrollment.rochester.edu/financial-aid/scholarships/#tab2
Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX)
- SMU offers artistic scholarships for students studying in the SMU Meadows School of the Arts
- Students who have a talent in film, dance, art, theater, or music can receive scholarships
- SMU Scholarships Link: https://www.smu.edu/Meadows/Admissions/Undergraduate/FinancialAid
St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN)
- St. Olaf offers a number of talent-based scholarships for incoming freshman:
Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, NC)
- Wake Forest offers 20 renewable Presidential Scholarships of $16,000 each for students with talents in:
- Wake Forest Presidential Scholarships Link: http://financialaid.wfu.edu/merit/presidential-scholarships-for-distinguished-achievement/
Willamette University (Salem, OR)
- Willamette offers talent scholarships in music, theater, and even debate!
- Check out the following Willamette departmental website for more information: Music, Theatre, and Debate.
College of Wooster (Wooster, OH)